Everyone mark your calendars for a night of beer, beards and stories. On November 10, 2012, we at Midwestern Gentleman, along with our friends at Weathered Beard will be hosting a live storytelling event in Southeastern Michigan. We have lined up a handful of speakers who have a story to tell and a beard to show off. Cheers…
WHEN: November 10, 2012
WHERE: Liberty Street Brewing Company – Plymouth, MI (Map)
The deep working class roots of singer/songwriter Don “Doop” Duprie echo throughout his music. Front man for the Detroit area alt-country/roots rock band Doop and the Inside Outlaws, Doop is a laid off firefighter born and raised in industrial River Rouge, Michigan. He teamed up with legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes) to record his albums “Blood River,” “Everett Belcher” and now “What am I Supposed To Do?” Doop’s songwriting has received national attention, having been hailed “hands down the best songwriter we (Detroit) now have to offer the American World” by Don Zelaznv (AmericanRoots.com). – doopandtheinsideoutlaws.com.
John D. Buckler, President, GAFBO
(Great American Fierce Beard Organization)
GAFBO is a collection of beard enthusiasts guided by Mr. John D. Buckler. After years of travel, John planted his feet firmly in Lansing, MI using his fierce beard to bring together an army of facial hair enthusiasts who are helping re-build communities and grow a little facial hair on the side. GAFBO’s mission is “to promote beard growth amongst all those willing and able. To promote good will towards others. To promote camaraderie with other beard growing chapters, union and non-union alike. To be the best.” Walk into any Beard Competition and you are bound to see GAFBO on the ticket, ready to spread good deeds and gnarley beards to all.
Mike Bardallis, Certified Cicerone
For many years, Mike Bardallis worked as a field engineer by day, and came home to his basement brewery to make beer by night. Oftentimes, he would be up terribly late, or, worse, just not have enough time to brew all the beers the voices in his head (and his lovely bride,) were insisting on. Clearly, something had to give, so he quit his day job. He is currently working on plans to open his own brewery in Detroit. Meantime, he is working as an assistant brewer at Grizzly Peak in Ann Arbor. He does not have a beard, but is possessed of a mustache long and unwieldy enough to occasionally poke him in the eye. He and his wife Annette May are both certified Cicerones and blog about beer, food, and related topics at Trust Us, We’re Cicerones. He is unbelievably happy.